David starbuc2 wrote:When Bream played a concert at Ohio State University back in the mid-70s he played the Rubio lute and the Romanillos guitar. After the concert I got to see both side by side. The Rubio scale was definately shorter but not by a whole lot. Didn't think to have a measuring tape with me. I'd guess it was probably around 630-640ish. I think the Goff lute was made from one of those old German Guitarlutes where he hacked off the neck and put on a wider one. The Rubio lute was a major improvement. I'd love to build one like that, but I'd be burned at the stake by the LSA and the HIP folks.
My 1970 Rubio is 65 cm exactly. I had a student who bought one two years earlier which was identical.